Despite not reading as much as I usually do in the month of July, I read quite a few fantastic books. During the month of July, I read 9 books and all but two were four or five star reads, a lot of which will be making my best books of 2020 list.
So, here are some stats!
Number of pages read: 4033
Number of print books: 6
Number of e-books: 3
Favourite quote of the month:
“Nahri always smiled at her marks.” – The Empire of Gold
Choosing my two best books of the month was difficult this month. I read a fantastic science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, and romance book. Ultimately, I decided to feature the non-fiction and fantasy novels. The romance book that could have made my best books of the month was The Rivals by Vi Keeland and the science fiction novel could have been Dune by Frank Herbert.
Without further ado…. here is my favourite books of the month from differing genres.
90s Bitch is an infuriating account of the 90s through a feminist lens as it recounts the strides women made in the battle for equality and the relentless attacks the media delivered to those on the frontlines. Today’s continued battle for equality is informed by the past, so it’s important to remember that the sacrifices made today are worth it for a better tomorrow.
The Empire of Gold is a perfect finale to an incredible trilogy. The Daevabad Trilogy is now one of my all time favorites. Chakraborty has created a full and lush world with complex and compelling characters to root for.
Faithless featured a tightly wound mystery that focused less on the characters as compared to the previous novels. I have an idea of what’s to come in the last novel and I am both excited to finish the series while dreading it at the same time.
Hard to Handle was an okay sports romance that was a lot heavier than I thought it would be.
The Killing Moon is a fantastic novel that despite being a duology reads like a standalone. Jemisin’s writing created a truly atmospheric experience with a magic system steeped in religion.
The Rivals is easily Keeland’s best work to date. It features characters with sizzling hot chemistry and just enough emotional baggage for the stakes to feel real with no unnecessary drama.
Dune is an incredible novel that builds the foundation of a complex and vast world all while developing its characters in a slow and deliberate manner. Dune sets up what is going to be an unforgettable reading experience.
Sweet Mercy is a quick and sexy read that will keep you turning pages well into the night.
I wish I could have liked The Silence of Bones more because the world Hur has set up is intriguing however her writing leaves much to be desired making it a disappointment.